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Cher’s Egyptian fantasy becomes equestrian paradise

Surrounded by sweeping landscaping and stunning canyon views, an incomparable equestrian world unfolds across sixteen magnificent, gated acres. Miles of riding trails meander through old-growth woodlands, winding home to five deluxe stables and two horse rings. Where is this rustic paradise? At 2727 Benedict Canyon Drive — minutes from Rodeo Drive. It’s just been listed by Aaroe Estates Division President Aaron Kirman at $85,000,000.

The location began quite differently. In the late ‘70s, superstar Cher bought four acres here and created a sensation, building a 20-room Egyptian Revival temple with a moat and pyramid-slanted doors. Its retractable atrium roof remains. Ten years later, looking to Malibu and Aspen, she sold the home to comedian Eddie Murphy, calling on super agent John Aaroe to broker the deal.

In the late ‘90s, visionary new owners bought the property and acquired all four land parcels around it. They then set out to create the ultimate equestrian compound, equipped with magnificent stables, two white-graveled riding rings, and an enchanting network of meandering hiking and riding trails. They also added a tennis court with seating area, lavishly landscaped grounds and two expansive guest/staff houses.

The 20,000-square-foot main house is currently in mid-renovation. Nearby, the stunning 7,000-square-foot Moroccan guest house is richly inviting, with soaring arched doorways, Moroccan tiles, hand-carved wooden doors and coffered ceilings. Amenities include two fireplaces, a full dining room, two full kitchens, seven baths and three luxe bedroom suites.

The stable building is fronted by a picturesque view loggia with rustic beamed ceiling and lanterns. A stable house includes living room, two bedrooms, two baths, a fireplace and a safe room. There is also an 800-square-foot “tree house” with bedroom and full bath, fashioned with materials recycled from construction on the property.

Sequestered in the canyon just moments from the city, this vast treasure is part rustic, part refined … and wholly incomparable.

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